JFK Papers: U.S. official had ‘feeling in his guts’ Cuba’s Castro was involved in assassination of President Kennedy

Nicole Rodriguez in Newsweek:

Fidel Castro Killed JFK? Top Government Official Had ‘Feeling in His Guts’ That Cuba Paid Off Oswald


At least one top U.S. official was convinced former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro orchestrated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, according to the latest trove of declassified documents released Friday by the National Archives and Records Administration related to Kennedy’s death.

Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs and later U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Thomas C. Mann said he had a “feeling in his guts” that Castro paid Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate the 35th president on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, according to declassified CIA documents.

Mann turned over his unsubstantiated claims in the form of a file to the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, the previously top-secret documents state.

“The file turned over to the Commission by Ambassador Mann contains statements of opinion by him that Oswald was probably involved in a sinister fashion, especially by way of taking a bribe, with the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City or with some other Castro agency,” the documents state.

Mann’s suspicions were reinforced because Oswald was allegedly seen taking $6,500 in American currency ($51,621 if adjusted to today’s buying power) from an individual at the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City. They were further reinforced when Oswald was seen frequently at a Mexican hotel known in intelligence circles as a headquarters for pro-Castro activities.

No evidence to date has materialized to validate Mann’s belief.

Mann believed Castro, who died last year at age 90 of an undisclosed cause, had the character to carry out the “ruthless” killing, he said.

“Castro was the kind of dictator who might have carried out this kind of ruthless action, either through some hope of gaining from it or simply as revenge,” the documents state.

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